Emerald Point Terrace and Winding Road

A 24-year-old Winchester man has been identified as the victim in a Sterling homicide investigation, Loudoun County authorities announced Thursday morning.

The victim was identified as Jose I. Escobar Menendez. Authorities were not able to say Thursday exactly how Escobar Menedez died.

A Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman says Escobar Menendez was located on the roadway along Emerald Point Terrace near Winding Road around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday.

“This remains a very active investigation, and at this time the motive is unclear. There is no indication there is a threat to the community,” Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kraig Troxell told the Times-Mirror Wednesday night.

On the question of suspects, Troxell said only that no arrests have been made.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective M. Grimsley at 703-777-1021. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919 or submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app, which is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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This story has been updated from an earlier version.

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loudoungirlpt2

who in the world do you think you are?

this person just lost his life. it hasn’t even been a week. he was murdered.

this person was loved by many. friends just lost a friend, family just lost a relative, siblings just lost a brother, parents just lost a son.

you didn’t like him? that’s fine. but do NOT ever speak about someone’s death like that. if this were someone close to you, you wouldn’t be saying anything.

So he made a few mistakes? don’t we all.

next time, leave your name.

amerigirl

It seems there are thoughts that he may have been killed because of his sexuality. There is no reason to think that he was a bad person. Thoughts out to family and friends.

Voltaire

AG--I totally agree with your statement.

nobodycaresmyname

ABOUT ALL OF YOU GUYS FIGHTING ABOUT IF ITS POT FALLS OR STERLING..GO DONATE AND SHUT UP. SOMEONE LOST A BROTHER A COUSIN A SON. HE WAS KILLED VERY BADLY I HONEST BELIEVE THIS WAS A HATE CRIME THIS WAS NOT A RANDOM KILLING. MAY GOD REST HIS SOUL. HIS FAMILY COMES EVERYDAY TO THE TREE. WHERE I LIVE THE APARTMENTS NEAR THE TOWNHOUSES ARE VERY VERY BAD. THE TREE IS BEAUTIFUL NOW. HOA IS PAYING FOR A HEADSTONE TO PUT THERE. WE RESPECT HIS FAMILY COMING EVERYDAY I HOPE THEY COME EVERYDAY I PRAY AT THE TREE EVERY NIGHT FOR HIS FAMILY/FRIENDS AND HIM. HE SEEMED LIKE A GREAT PERSON. SO YOUNG. SO PLEASE HAVE SOME REPSCET FOR HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND STOP FIGHTING OVER THE ZIP CODES AND THE NAME OF THE AREA. ITS STERLING MY MAILING ADDRESS IS STERLING 20165. RIP LITTLE HOMIE. OUR GREAT POLICE WILL CATCH THE PERSON OR PERSONS MATTER OF TIME.

Chris McHale

Why do you believe it was a hate crime?

amerigirl

Because he was gay

Chris McHale

Yes he was gay and yes it is being investigated as a homicide. There is no information reported that connects the two. I thought perhaps the original poster had additional information.

Jeanne T

The only way to determine that is for his killer to be apprehended and questioned. At this point it is pure speculation (or imagination?) to dogmatically claim he was murdered because of his sexual preference. No one, including you, knows the motive yet.

amerigirl

Jeanne, I’m surprised you don’t get nose bleeds being up there on your high horse. Who claimed it was due to his sexual preference? It’s like you are trying to pick a fight where there isn’t anything to fight about. Who made any “dogmatic claim” to that? That wasn’t the question was it? And that wasn’t the statement was it? Nope, it was asked why it was believed to be a hate crime and the answer would explain why it would be considered a ‘hate’ crime versus a regular crime. So, what do you have your panties in a twist for?

amerigirl

Please turn your caps off. So sorry this happened to him and I agree it may have been a hate crime. People need to learn that everyone is different and unique but they are all people worthy of our respect.

Voltaire

AG--I agree with you. I figured that he was very upset about the loss of his friend and that is why he launched off with caps lock blazing because he was angry over a trivial matter such name of location.

nobodycaresmyname

ILL LEAVE CAPS ON IF I WANT.

amerigirl

Did you look at rules at the bottom of the page? Personally I don't care, but they do and may discontinue posting your comments. I was just trying to give you a heads up because thy have become much stricter on what they allow to be posted.

nobodycaresmyname

some of you guys are complete ignorant someone died where I live. Let me end this stupid argument where he died is sterling I live here my address says STERLING VA 20165. end of story my address DOES NOT SAY Potomac falls. ALL OF YOU ABOUT THIS ZIPCODE AND HE DIED SHUT UP. SOMEONE DIED SOMEONE LOST A SON A BROTHER A COUSIN. SO AGAIN SHUT UP. MY MAILING ADDRESS SAYS STERLING VA 20165. END OF STORY.

Pre-yuppieLoudouner

The only reason I'm putting my two cents' in is all this nit-picking over zip codes.Next time do a "Weekend At Bernie's"and move the victim into a more crime-ridden neighborhood.

FactsRFacts

Watching people debate their zip code and status over the death of a young man you know noting about screams at the arrogant pathetic nature of this supposed wonderful county. While I don’t know him personally, I do know he was a LCPS employee who worked at my son’s elementary school. He was always nice and funny and the kids liked him. Take a moment and consider he was somebody else’s kid just like yours and mine.

Voltaire

FactsRFacts--I totally agree with your perspective.

EdMyers

The zip code issue was discussed before there was a name associated with this tragedy. The article was subsequently updated with the victim's name but the comments and discussion were retained. Fortunately there is a separate post specifically about the victim that is the more fitting place to leave condolences or a eulogy.

FactsRFacts

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loudoun fan

The only people who call Potomac Falls that name are people who live there and are pretentious. To everyone else, including most of the people in Potomac Falls, they live in Sterling.

Voltaire

Loudoun Fan--I agree with your sentiment. Thank you for posting this viewpoint.

CindyLou

Surprised it wasn't in Ashburn. That's where all the crime takes place.

Loudoun Girl

I can’t seem to understand why it matters if what happened to this poor young man technically happened in Sterling or not. Can we not look at it as something that happened in the Loudoun community as a whole? A loss to us all? This young man has been a member of Loudoun County for as long as I can remember, and he was an exemplary one. Among the smartest, most loving, sweetest individuals who could light up an entire room. He had the ability to switch your whole day around just by a simple hello. He is loved and he will always be loved. #JusticeForJose

EdMyers

Discrimination occurs when there is a general but false impression that serious crime in Eastern Loudoun is mostly in Sterling. This discrimination results in lower home values, fewer jobs for residents, more police harassment, etc. I can't do anything for the deceased or his family, but I can speak out against discrimination that results in how the news about his death is framed..

Voltaire

EdMyers--Really? As someone with family members with over 30 years active in state and local law enforcement, I can tell you that, during a criminal investigation, such as the incident reported, the investigators don't give one hoot about whether the infraction occurred in Town A or Town B. All they care about is where the incident happened. The fact that the Sheriff's investigator (or Detective) stated that the crime occurred in Sterling does not equate to more "police harassment". Furthermore, what you call "police harassment" is probably a proactive policing strategy being implemented in an area due to crime data that is collected/reported by the Sheriff's Department/Office. As to home values, real estate economics play a role in that more than a single crime report. Real estate economics also play a role in the location of employers and employment.

Chris McHale

You can add education scores and graduation rates to that.

Loudoun Observer

Ed Myers - So I guess you live there? I mean...those are the most affordable homes in Loudoun County. Close to shops and entertainment - plenty of diversity. Sounds wonderful. Is that the issue, that they are disparaging your neighborhood?

EdMyers

This is how systemic discrimination works. The Post Office carved up the 20164 zipcode into several other zipcodes, for example 20165=Potomac Falls, and maintained the Sterling name as an alias to allow for address transitioning. Mail is correctly delivered no matter what town name as long as you get the zipcode correct so it isn't a process problem whether government uses the Sterling or Potomac Falls name when referring to a place in zipcode 20165. The issue is that the government continues to use the outdated Sterling place name for zipcode 20165 for press releases on crime reports but uses the Potomac Falls name on any press release regarding economic development, educational achievements, etc. Voltaire, I don't care what place name the officer puts down in his report. I care that the LCSO information officer continues to puts the wrong place name into his press releases for addresses in zipcode 20165 after 20 years and multiple times being reminded about how it disrespects the Sterling community to be branded with the crimes of our newer neighbors.

Voltaire

Ed Myers--Again, this is trivial and has ZERO impact on the law enforcement process and it doesn't disrespect zip squat. However, if you are that concerned about it, you should schedule an appointment with Sheriff Chapman as he is the Public Information Officer (PIO)'s supervisor and maybe you can explain your concerns to him personally since this trivial matter is so important that you need the County's Chief Law Enforcement Officer's attention after the PIO has been "...multiple times being reminded". I do believe that the County Sheriff does however have more important things to manage or worry about though.

LetsBreal

It doesn't matter. It's a horrible thing to happen. Condolences to the family.

Voltaire

Loudoun Girl--I agree with you and am very sorry about the loss of this young man. It sounds like it was just a random event and that is tragic.

sterlingcl

Just because someone died, doesn't mean we should overlook poor journalism. We can do many things at once to ensure the true story is told.

Voltaire

Sterlingcl--What journalism? This article came from a press briefing from the Sheriff's Department's Public Information Officer. There isn't any more hard hitting journalism here. Concerning location of the incident, emergency services do not give a care about whether it was in "Potomac Falls" or in "Sterling". They care about the exact location where the incident occurred and where they responded to. When this goes to court, they don't care either as it is immaterial to the proceeding.

sterlingcl

Yes, I understand that when reading Loudountimes.com, journalism isn't the first thing to come to mind; the use of Sterling in this story is a case in point. But, LoudounTimes could move the bar up just a little, and help paint a more correct picture about where this body was discovered.

Voltaire

Sterlingcl--The Sheriff's Department's Public Information Officer stated where the body was located. He stated that the victim was located on the roadway along Emerald Point Terrace near Winding Road around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday. That is pretty specific.

gtrunner

Voltai, not in Sterling.

Voltaire

Gtrunner--Frankly, I don't give a toss whether it is in Sterling or Potomac Falls. Want to argue that, then go down to L'Enfant Plaza in Washington DC and argue with the U.S. Postal Service as they built a second Post Office for this area and that is where the "magical" Potomac Falls originated. Now, for the umpteenth time, I am going to say this so pay attention. The County Sheriff, whose personnel (investigators/detectives) are investigating this incident do NOT give a care whether the crime scene is in "Potomac Falls" or "Sterling". As I said in my earlier comment, the ONLY thing that they care about is the EXACT location of the incident. That information will be in the official paperwork. Furthermore, when this case is handled by the Circuit Court for Loudoun County, nobody (not the Circuit Court Judge, the Commonwealth's Attorney, the Defense Counsel, or the sworn Jury) are going to give a flying toss about whether the crime occurred in Potomac Falls or Sterling. That is what important here. Whether the peanut gallery wants to spin their wheels arguing over a trivial point is your prerogative. Good grief.

gtrunner

Volta, good points but the devils are in the details. Truth in journalism is important these days and holding this newspaper accountable as such is worth a little grief.

EdMyers

The map as an updated graphic clearly shows the deceased was found in Potomac Falls, but the editor doesn't correct the LCSO who insists on calling it Sterling. The LSCO station is Eastern Loudoun Station yet crimes in that district are all attributed to Sterling even when they are in Potomac Falls or Dulles. Stop slurring the residents of Sterling and say the crime occurred in Eastern Loudoun if politics prevents you from attributing crime to Potomac Falls. Or, prove that you are using Sterling as a regional name synonymous with Eastern Loudoun by consistently describing the Trump golf course as in the Sterling area instead of Lowe's Island.

HMLoudoun

The young man that was killed was known to be a nice person. The family obviously is heart broken as they don't who would do this or why :(

LCresident2

Dang, Sterling is going to h*ll in a handbasket as my granny would say....

gtrunner

Going?

djtielle

NEWSFLASH all of LC has crimes. As it gets more populated, all crimes will increase. Even mom’s on street corners. Possibly dad’s. Etc., remember the Ashburn situation with the couple where the wife was (more) horribly attacked? Or was that Lansdowne (Leesburg). Bottom line Loudoun has crimes of all types. Stay safe friends.

LoudounPulse

The news magnifies issues to make people feel crime is rampant. I believe Loudoun County has roughly 0.5 serious crimes per 1,000 people. So in a county with nearly 400,000 people, that means we should average 20 serious crimes per year.

LoudounPulse

I wonder if this will end up as MS-13 related.

Loudoungirl2513

Why? Because he’s Hispanic and this happened in sterling??? Someone lost a son, so many lost an amazing friend and you’re talking about this becoming MS-13. Wow, check your privilege

Jeanne T

"you’re talking about this becoming MS-13."

And what if it is? Are you offended by the suggestion? We have no idea of motive right now. Once the killer is caught he/she will be questioned and we will find out. To suggest a motive at this point is speculation. And by the way, all murders are "hate crimes".

Loudoungirl2513

Exactly like you said there’s no motive, so why try to suggest it will end up related to something based on race? Insensitive to his family and friends and completely and 100% racist. Like I said check your privilege

amerigirl

Wouldn’t anyone be offended by that suggestion, really? It is putting stigma there that even if proven wrong will still be remembered. And NO not all murders are "hate crimes". Even an accidental murder in the commission of a crime is felony murder, like someone falling down stairs that the perp may not have even known was there. Not all murders are committed with malice. One can even be charged with murder in car accidents if they were committing another crime like drunk driving, there was no hate, just stupidity in those cases

chrisnich

I live in Sterling and sold a weight set on Craig's List. The buyer wrote and said, "I live in Potomac Falls, so I'm not far from Sterling." I wanted to write back and say, "Buddy, if you live in Potomac Falls, you ARE in Sterling." But I kept my mouth shut, as I wanted the $200 more than I wanted moral superiority.

LoudounPulse

That is the same thing with people who say they living in "North Bethesda", but really it is Rockville.

Chris McHale

The comments are fantastic.

Chrissy

One more thing.... while we are discussing zip codes and "hood rat neighborhoods " keep in mind someone lost a member of their family today. Prayers for them!!!

Voltaire

Chrissy--totally agree with you on this point.

Chrissy

🙌🙌🙌🙌

Chrissy

Let's not forget this was all STERLING at one point. By the way this is definitely a Potomac Falls address. It was in my mother in laws neighborhood, I saw all the action this morning when I dropped my kids off. Right off of Alkonkian Pkwy...... definitely not Sterling.

amerigirl

If something good happens the area becomes Cascades, Broadrun, Potomac Falls, etc, but when something bad happens it's always called Sterling.

CascadesRes1

Um, yea, this might have touched a nerve. To be clear, 20164 is Sterling Park and Sugarland Run and 20165 is Cascades and Broad Run Farms. Both are considered Sterling. The post office in Cascades is technically Potomac Falls so Cascades and Potomac Falls are synonymous. Check the Sheriff's Department "CityProtect" statistics accessible through their web site. There is very little crime in 20165. In fact, the vast majority of Loudoun crime takes place in (the several zip codes) of Leesburg.

KK153

Leesburg? weird.. i get the Sheriffs Office daily call log and the Sterling list is always 4 times longer than the rest of the county

EdMyers

Perhaps because Leesburg has their own police and their crimes are not reported by the LCSO.

KK153

Actually they are... in the section called LEESBURG. if you ever read it you might see that.

ellisaana

For the record—I have lived in Sterling for 45 years, grew up in Fairfax Co, and worked in the greater DC area for 30+. My work took me from DC (equal parts Capital Hill & Anacostia) all over the metro MD area, northern VA, as far west as WVA, as far south as Culpeper and Lake Anna.

What I discovered in that time is people always think their neighborhood is the only safe place and everywhere else is suspect.

On one particular day I was in Culpeper and told a customer I had to go to Winchester next. His words to me were "Winchester! You don't want to go there. It's all drug dealers and deviants. When I arrived at my next stop, a shop in Winchester, I happened to mention where I had been before. The shop owner's words were uncannily the same. "You are lucky you got out alive," he said. "Culpeper is nothing but a den of drug dealers and thieves."

ellisaana

I agree with others. If it's good news, this paper reports it as Countryside, Cascades, Lowes Island, or Potomac Falls, but if it's bad news it is always Sterling.

And to the poster who said "anything east of Goose Creek is hood rat land friend," park your prejudice at the door and take a look at Leesburg crime statistics.

20164

so the famous golf course is in Sterling now?

amerigirl

according to the news the infamous course is there.

LoCoResi

[beam] the comments are gold

EdMyers

This happened in Potomac Falls and is closer to Ashburn than Sterling. We who live in zipcode 20164 felt diss'd by zipcode 20165 whose residents changed their community name to Potomac Falls address to disassociate themselves from the Sterling community which they thought was too ethnic. It is unfair to now use the Sterling community name when reporting crimes to pretend it didn't happen in Potomac Falls.

Voltaire

EdMyers--actually, the name Potomac Falls came from a competition to name the second new Post Office in Sterling. It is not "unfair" to use the Sterling community name as Potomac Falls area does fall under the "Greater Sterling area".

EdMyers

Would you be OK if the LSCO communications were to start labeling all crime reports from the Eastern Loudoun district as occurring in the Greater Potomac Falls area?

Voltaire

EdMyers--You need to take up this matter with the U.S. Postal Service as they were the ones that have designated the Greater Sterling area. From a law enforcement/emergency perspective, nobody frankly cares whether the incident occurred in "Potomac Falls" or "Sterling". They care about the incident that occurred AT the address that they (fire/EMS/Sheriff) were dispatched to. That information is also articulated in the after action reports generated by the personnel from those agencies. It is really not that big of a deal.

nobodycaresmyname

ITS STERLING I LIVE WHERE HE DIED. MY MAILING ADDRESS SAYS STERLING 20165. SHUT UP AND HAVE SOME RESPECT.

springerdad

Wow Ed you really worry about the big things in life. I suggest you file a lawsuit against the county and the LTM.

Bob

I came here to write the same thing.

gtrunner

Good point. 20164 has its fair share of murder. Need to spread the wealth.

nobodycaresmyname

wrong I live where he died, my address says STERLING 20165. END OF STORY.

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